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Jindan Murder: Protests in support of accused continue despite police confirms murder

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Sirmaur: The Additional Superintendent of Police, Nahan, Virender Singh, on Thursday confirmed that RTI activist and BSP leader Kedar Singh Jindan was brutally murdered on September 7, 2018. The police has received the autopsy report but was yet to receive reports of forensic tests and call details.

As per the ASP, the accused first contacted Jindan phonically and asked him to come down on the road.

On arrival, he was beaten badly. When he fell on the road after losing consciousness, Jaiprakash run over Jindan thrice and the face of the victim was completely crushed,

the ASP told media.

The Special Investigation Team formed to probe this case has also recovered the weapon (iron rod) used to assault him.

The SIT said it has solved the case and only a few small legal formalities remain to be completed. On Wednesday, accused were taken to the spot to recreate the scene. Though SIT did not confirm it, a Hindi daily said all three accused have confessed their crime.

So far, total three persons including the up-pradhan of panchayat Jaiprakash have been arrested. Third accused Karm Singh was arrested on Tuesday by the SIT. All three are on a police remand till September 17.

Protests in Support of Accused Continue

Despite confirmation by the police SIT regarding the murder, there appears to be a bid to spark casteist unrest by protestors. After Bakras, another protest was organized in Sataun region by locals in support of the accused. The protestors want the police to drop charges of murder under Section 302 against accused. They also burnt an effigy of the MLA, Theog, Rakesh Singha alleging him of inciting casteist propaganda over the killing of Jindan.

Further, these protestors are agitating against the inclusion of charges under the SC/ST Act in the FIR. Under this Act, the family of the victim is eligible for Rs. 8.25 lakh relief. The Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj has already announced a relief of total Rs. 20 lakh, government job to Jindan’s wife, and free education to his children.

However, there is a resentment among the protesting group regarding this relief under the SC/ST Act. They are asking the police to drop the charges under this Act. 

At the same time, this group is maintaining that Shillai is a peaceful place and people of all castes live in harmony, which doesn’t seem to be the case considering their support to the accused. 

The case has provided an opportunity to fuel caste-based politics in the otherwise peaceful state. The protests in support of accused could create unrest among the SC/ST community.

Jindan Never Asked For Protection, He Had No Threat to Life: DGP

The Director-General of Police, HP, Sita Ram Mardi, on Wednesday told media that he never received any request for police protection from Jindan.

Jindan had met me in my Shimla office but never felt any threat to his life nor he demanded any security,

 DGP told PTI.

It’s pertinent to mention that the family of the victim had been maintaining that Jindan had sought police protection as he was receiving threats to life. It was alleged that despite request no protection was provided by police.

The police was facing scathing criticism over this matter. 

No Words Regarding Alleged BPL Fraud Jindan Tried to Expose

Amid a large number of updates regarding the case, so far no comments are being made regarding the authenticity of allegations labelled by Jindan against up-pradhan Jaiprakash. These allegations appear to be the immediate regions for this murder.  On June 29 this year, Jindan had held a press conference at the Press Club of Shimla. He had alleged that Jai Prakash had facilitated registration of well to do families in the Below Poverty Line category. Using BPL certificates, these families had allegedly managed to obtain government jobs along with other benefits. He had produced pictures showing bungalow and vehicles owned by the family.

He had told media that information regarding this fraud was received through an RTI. However, the district administration, police, and the State government is silent regarding it. 

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Video: Massive Landslide in Sirmaur Caught on Camera, NH 707 Closed for Traffic

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Sirmaur-Incessant rains have caused another massive landslide in the Sirmaur district on National Highway 707. A 100 to 150 meters stretch of Paonta Sahib – Shillai road near Kali Dhank, Badwas, caved in within a few minutes.

According to the initial information received, no loss of lives or damage to any vehicle was reported as a minor slide from the hill had alerted the people.

The landslide completely damaged several electricity poles, causing a blackout in some parts of the region.

The district police is re-directing all traffic from Paonta Sahib to Shillai to the Puruwala-Kilod-Jong-Kafota-Shillai route.

Further, all traffic movement towards Shimla from the region has also been re-directed.

The HP Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the state till August 2th, while widespread rain has been predicted till August 4th. 

The Met has also issued an alert for flash-floods for Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, and Solan districts.

It’s pertinent to mention that furious monsoon has already claimed over 200 lives and caused damages to property worth hundreds of crores in Himachal Pradesh.

During the last two days, as many as 21 people had died due to landslides and flash floods triggered by cloudbursts. Some of the persons who were swept away or buried were yet to be traced.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

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After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

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According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

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Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

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Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

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On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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